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The Sklar Brothers: Sklar Maps

By | November 25, 2007 at 10:46 am | No comments

On Sklar Maps, a new CD from Aspecialthing Records, the tag-team of Randy and Jason Sklar wrestles with, among other things, this critical pop-cultural question: What sort of birdbrain adman thinks he can help sell Kentucky Fried Chicken using the melody to "Sweet Home...

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Henny Youngman: Take My Album — Please!

By | November 11, 2007 at 7:57 am | No comments

Take My Album -- Please ! (Varese Vintage) revives the late Henny Youngman (hey, death isn't a career impediment; just ask Elvis or Tupac), not to mention the silliness and artistry of the maligned one-liner. Youngman -- who loved to work, maybe even lived to work until dying...

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Paula Poundstone: The mother of all comedians

By | July 23, 2007 at 9:54 am | No comments

Unlike most comics, who leave wake-up calls for dinnertime, Paula Poundstone typically rises before the son -- and the daughters, too, for that matter. She needs every precious second to do her "real job -- raising two lively teenage girls (Toshia, 16, and Allie, 13) and an...

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Tom Shillue: Comic belief

By | March 19, 2007 at 7:19 am | One comment

Busy everyman comedian Tom Shillue is more than confident in his ability -- he's Overconfident, the apt title of his new CD. So exactly what stokes the jokes in this husband, father, comedian (and admitted dork)? By John Delery It's lunchtime on W. 14th and 9th in New...

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Jonathan Katz: Professional Humorist

By | January 30, 2007 at 7:35 pm | No comments

Stand-up comedian Jonathan Katz is not a doctor, but he played one on Comedy Central for six seasons. Now the wise and witty Dr. Katz has left his couch long enough to record his debut album. By John Delery For the price of admission and two drinks, audiences at comedy clubs...

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Maria Bamford: How to Win!

By | January 23, 2007 at 9:53 am | No comments

Mom, Dad and bad bosses remain in Maria Bamford's crosshairs. But on How to Win!, her new CD, the mild and crazy comedian hunts bigger game, too. Instead of harpooning her victims, though, Bamford, a mannerly Minnesotan, uses biting sarcasm to attack the pomposity, inequity and...

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Steven Wright: Don't Call it a Comeback!

By | October 10, 2006 at 6:19 pm | No comments

Stand-up comedy legend Steven Wright has been expanding minds with concise quips for nearly three decades. Now with a new Comedy Central special -- his first in 15 years -- the master of the monotone is arming a whole new generation with brilliant one-liners and bizarre...

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Joe Rogan: Mt. Rogan Erupts

By | September 25, 2006 at 5:31 pm | One comment

Coming to a city near you, stand-up comic Joe Rogan headlines the Maxim/Bud Light Real Men of Comedy Tour. But before he hit the road, the former Fear Factor host hit Punchline Magazine... with theories and hard truths. By John Delery Like the inventive but usually defective...

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Brian Posehn: And The Geeks Shall Inherit The Mirth

By | June 12, 2006 at 8:31 am | One comment

Metal-obsessed comedian Brian Posehn is now married and living in suburb, so is he about to hide his devil horns? By John Delery It's not as if would ever skip a System of a Down concert to attend a zoning board meeting. It's not as if he has completely forsaken head...

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